Written by: Jamie Johansen
April 7, 2016
Enginuity Worldwide, a Missouri-based biotechnology company, announced today United Sorghum Checkoff has awarded the company a $100,000 grant to expand its livestock feed technology research program. The grant will help Enginuity produce better sources of animal feed using patented rotary compression technology.
“The United Sorghum Checkoff Program has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to research and develop affordable, nutritious animal feed that could help boost the production of agricultural systems across the country,” said Nancy Heimann, the company’s founder and CEO. “Enginuity Worldwide is already working to find innovative solutions to a diverse range of issues using biotechnology and this financial partnership will help us apply our technology to agricultural uses.”
The Sorghum Checkoff works to improve profitability of the sorghum industry through research, promotion and information. The board recognized the potential of Enginuity’s patented rotary compression technology, which could transform locally grown crops – including milo grain – into cost-effective nutritional animal feed. This process has the potential to increase starch digestibility, grain efficiency, porosity and total lipid uptake of feed grains.
To help manage Enginuity’s livestock feed technology research program, the company recently hired David Holzgraefe, principal of Holzgraefe Innovative solutions. Holzgraefe has more than 30 years of experience researching animal nutrition and feed processing technology, and previously served as Vice President of Research for Archer Daniels Midland. Prior to that, Holzgraefe served in similar roles for Moorman’s Inc. and Farmland Industries. He holds three degrees from the University of Illinois, including a B.S. in Agricultural Science, a M.S. in Ruminant Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Nonruminant Nutrition.